In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)
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In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)
Cinematic iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard returns to the front ranks of contemporary filmmaking while embracing the digital video revolution (no great surprise, given his eager and early embrace of video technology in the 1970s) with this drama. In the first part of the film, shot on 35 mm black-and-white film, a filmmaker named Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) is in the midst of a casting session with his producers, looking for the leading lady for his next film. More interested in discussing philosophy than in the nuts and bolts of the character, Edgar speaks with a number of actresses before he encounters… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"All the beauty does not make the film even half as profound as it so obviously strives to be."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"What keeps me coming back to a filmmaker I never warmed up to, is that I find the rascal irresistible."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"When a character comments 'too many changes are in the air that lack a means of expression,' one senses that Godard, at 72, is still struggling to communicate those changes through the medium of film."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The best indication of the film's pretentiousness comes from recurrent images of a book with blank pages, as if to point out that Godard has nothing to say, but so what? Let's throw in a few images and people will come anyway."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Love, in Godard's case, is indistinguishable from cinema and thus he sees the growing capitalist machine as a threat to both."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"Ultimately, though, In Praise of Love is about themes, about the anti-Hollywood sentiment that Godard feels so passionately about, and this is where the film begins to crumble."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"An unsuccessful attempt at a movie of ideas."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A haunting, intense work, intellectually exploratory yet too emotionally acute in its melancholy to be considered merely academic."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The trick when watching Godard is to catch the pitch of his poetics, savor the pleasure of his sounds and images, and ponder the historical, philosophical, and ethical issues that intersect with them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Free-associative, unreasonable and stubborn, unresolved, and elegiac in tone, In Praise of Love is a great meditation on memory, aging, and love."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"It's intriguing, visually arresting and utterly impenetrable!"
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"The 70-year-old Godard has become, to judge from In Praise of Love, the sort of bitter old crank who sits behind his light meter and harangues the supposed injustices of the artistic world-at-large without doing all that much to correct them."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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